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Spiritual Formation Schedule

The Ignatian spiritual formation program is designed to help students, faculty and staff harmonize head knowledge with heart knowledge; integrate academic understanding with their lived faith experience, deepening and enriching the experience of each, and informing the dialogue between study, prayer, and ministry. The program is grounded in scripture and offers many methods for praying with scripture, encountering the living Word of God, and discerning God's everlasting invitation to us as we journey on the path to holiness. Students who will serve as deacons, educators, administrators, and leaders in other ministerial capacities receive tools for sharing these prayer methods with their respective audiences.  

Fall 2020 

September 12
Lectio DivinaThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture, students will deepen their understanding of encountering the Word of God through the prayer method of lectio divina.
September 26
Season of CreationThrough prayerful reading of selected scripture texts and Pope Francis' message for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation, students will explore their own role in caring for creation. 
October 17
Principle and FoundationThrough prayerful reading of selected scripture texts and various translations of St. Ignatius of Loyola's Principle and Foundation, students will examine their primary identity as a beloved child of God and how the interplay of their various secondary identities affects their relationships with God, self and others. 
October 31
Saints & Our Call to HolinessIn preparation for All Saints Day, students will examine a few saints and look at how their prayer and their mottos reflect their interior attitudes as well as their lived expressions of their faith; explore a few examples of ordinary but holy men and women doing extraordinary things for God; and allow quiet time to reflect on how the saints, individually and as a communion, inspire us and accompany us today.  
November 14ExamenStudents will learn how to pray St. Ignatius of Loyola's Examen or Prayer of Awareness as a way to be attentive to the presence and invitation of God in their daily life, to give God thanks for blessings, to seek forgiveness and healing, and to trust in God's accompaniment in the day to come. 
 November 28Advent Gospel ContemplationThrough prayerful reading of a selected Advent Gospel pericope, students will learn how to pray with Gospel contemplation, entering into the scene with Jesus and encountering the Living Word of God, and talking with Jesus as a trusted friend.


Winter 2021

January 9
Graced HistoryStudents will pray with selected scripture passages as an entry to reflecting on God's presence, activity and blessing in their lives.
January 16Graced HistoryStudents will pray with selected scripture passages as an entry to reflecting on God's presence, activity and blessing in their lives.
February 6
Voice of GodStudents will learn how to discern God's voice in the Ignatian tradition, with scriptural examples of how God has spoken to others as models for our own attentiveness to God's calling.
February 20The Name of God is Mercy Through prayerful reading of selected scriptural passages and relevant excerpts from Pope Francis' book, The Name of God is Mercy, students will begin to explore how we can "be merciful as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36).
March 6
The Name of God is Mercy Through prayerful reading of selected scriptural passages and relevant excerpts from Pope Francis' book, The Name of God is Mercy, students will begin to explore how we can "be merciful as your Father is merciful" (Lk 6:36).
March 27Holy Week Contemplation Through prayerful reading of a selected Holy Week Gospel pericope, students will learn how to pray with Gospel contemplation, entering into the scene with Jesus and encountering the Living Word of God, and talking with Jesus as a trusted friend.


Summer 1 2021

April 10The Fire WithinThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and relevant texts, students will identify how our fundamental human need, our longing for intimacy, informs our daily decisions.
April 17The Fire WithinThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and relevant texts, students will identify how our fundamental human need, our longing for intimacy, informs our daily decisions.
May 8Amazon SynodThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and Easter Season reflections on the Amazon Synod by participants, students will have an opportunity to synthesize the experiences of the synod with their own socio-cultural contexts. 
May 29Amazon SynodThrough prayerful reading and discussion of selected scripture and Easter Season reflections on the Amazon Synod by participants, students will have an opportunity to synthesize the experiences of the synod with their own socio-cultural contexts. 
June 12Year-end ExamenStudents will have an opportunity to review prayerfully their year through God's eyes with the Prayer of Examen.
June 19Year-end ExamenStudents will have an opportunity to review prayerfully their year through God's eyes with the Prayer of Examen.

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come

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Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
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SUMMER INSTITUTE FAQ


Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]



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